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Auto theft suspects accused of targeting older Hondas in Sacramento, Placer counties

Two Citrus Heights men suspected of a string of auto thefts in Placer and Sacramento counties were arrested Monday night, Aug. 14, 2017, in Roseville.
Two Citrus Heights men suspected of a string of auto thefts in Placer and Sacramento counties were arrested Monday night, Aug. 14, 2017, in Roseville. Roseville Police Department

Two men suspected of auto thefts in Placer and Sacramento counties were arrested Monday night in Roseville.

A Roseville police officer on patrol stopped a vehicle on Orlando Avenue. The driver, Michael Jonathon Nilsen, 23, of Citrus Heights had recently been identified by the Placer Regional Auto Theft Task Force as a suspect in several auto thefts in the region, according to a Roseville Police Department Facebook post.

The car Nilsen was driving had recently been stolen from Rocklin and contained property taken from a stolen car in Orangevale, police reported. Nilsen and his passenger, 26-year-old old Patrick Richard Moore, also of Citrus Heights, were arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft and conspiracy.

Task force detectives say they believe the arrests could enable them to solve as many as 10 car thefts that have occurred this month in Placer and Sacramento counties, according to police. Most of the stolen vehicles were described as older Honda sedans, which are favorites among car thieves.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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